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Coach Hue Jackson talks about Raiders past, present, future

Raiders coach Hue Jackson spoke at length about how the organization is going to move forward on the heels of managing general partner Al Davis passing away Saturday.
Rather than omit something that might be of interest, here’s what Jackson said from start to finish Monday in his weekly news conference:

Introduction: First, I’d like to take a moment to thank Raider Nation, the Raiders’ community and fans, and everybody who showed up here last night to welcome the team home from a victorious game in Houston. There was nothing like it. The fans were lined up from the driveway through to the where the players park and somehow managed to get back there where they park. It was great. It was an awesome scene. A tremendous feeling winning a huge game on the road in Houston, especially after the couple of days we had. I think our players and the organization were really happy and thankful for the many people who showed up last night.

Again, what a hard-fought game in Houston by our football team. I thought the guys fought as well as we fought all year. I think we played against a really good football team. My hat’s off to Houston, because I think that team is going to win a lot of football games. Unfortunately, they got some players hurt. We got some players nicked too, but that’s just a part of the game. I thought our team responded and played as physically as I’ve seen us play all year. We still have to get better. We have a way to go, but I thought we were physical and went out and played Raider football.

What did you think of the welcome back by fans to the facility?
Nothing like that. I’ve been in a place where we won a playoff game, and there were quite a few people when we got back. This felt different. The feeling of what had happened was still near and dear to everybody, losing Coach. It was just different. It was more a celebration of a win and a man’s life. It was amazing. What a tremendous feeling it was last night.

How long will the grieving process last?
I think the grieving part is over. Obviously, we’re going to Coach very near and dear to us as we move forward. All you know Coach and what he was about. He wasn’t about all of that. He was truly about let’s move and on to the next situation and opportunity that we have so we can capture that. We’re chasing something. He knew it, and we know it. That’s what we’re going to do.

Has the baton been passed from Mr. Davis to you in terms of the vision?
I probably haven’t looked at it the way you just expressed it. I’ve felt that ever since he made me the head coach. My job is to help this organization get back to where it wants to be within his vision. That’s what I’m setting out to do. That’s how I set out to do it when the year started. Coach is about winning championships, and that’s what we’re going to be about. We’re not going to back down from that.

Most emotional game you have been involved in?
It was hard, because I loved the man. Everybody says I have a different type of relationship with him than most. I think I understood what he wanted. Coach’s goal was to make people better than they have ever been. He pushed you. He prodded. He had a lot of demands on you. That’s probably the environment that I work in best. I like when people have high expectations for me and make me reach them. That’s what he did for each and every person in this organization. Some people from the outside see that as something different. I see that as being pushed to be the best you can be. To lose that is tough. At the end of the game, I felt all of the emotions that I lost someone I could always lean on about the situations here. Not that I don’t have other people. Amy Trask and Mark Davis are here, and I can always turn to them, but I can’t pick up the phone and call Coach anytime I want anymore. I can’t call Coach and ask what he thinks about this or that, or I’m not going to get any of those late-night phone calls at 11 p.m. or midnight to say, ‘Hue, what are you doing?’ That’s different. All of that hit me at that particular moment. All of that is done. You have to move on to the next chapter.

Q: What else will change procedurally without Al Davis?
A: I’m not. Honestly nothing has hit me that way. That things that need to be done, I’m being very honest with you guys, we already had a plan in place. I know the trade deadline is coming up. I know there’s decisions that we have to make based on who’s going to be on our 46 as we move through the week. But coach already taught me how to do those things. When I tell you that there were so many countless hours spent having conversations and talking about the things you need to do and why you do them. I’m very well versed in how to do those things. I feel very comfortable doing those things. I’ve done them every week with his approval and I’ll continue to do them with the approval of Mark and whoever else I need to talk to.

Q: So are all decisions going to be made by you from now one?
A: I’m never going to do anything alone here. We’re a team here. So I’m not going to say I’m going to do it alone but I think I’m going to be the person that says hey let’s make sure we take a peek at these things to make sure we’re strengthening our team trying to find a way to get our team the best we can have it the best we can be.

Q: Do you have to make a roster move because of Terrelle Pryor’s return?
A: No, we don’t. obviously we get a weeks exemption on that. He’ll count as the 54th player and until we make a decision exactly what were going to do in that direction then we have to do anything. So I think we’re going to in a really good spot as far as Terrelle Pryor is concerned.

Q: What are you going to miss the most about Mr. Davis?
A: there’s so many things, there’s not one thing in particular. Probably just the conversations, the late night conversations when we would talk about practice, what we need to make sure we took care of how so many years he’s played against so many different teams and he knows have either tried to attack the Raiders or try to defense the raiders. And he goes ‘Hue don’t forget this. Make sure you cover this base. Make sure you think through this.’ And a lot of this things I probably already thought about but it was just reassuring having him say make sure you thought through this. And I’d go yeah, I got it, that means I’m on the right track. So I’ll miss that. But more so than anything I’ll miss him. I’ll just miss the man and what he is. When you have an opportunity to learn from somebody like him and be around him, there’s nothing like it. Nothing.

Q: When was the last time you spoke to Mr. Davis?
A: Friday. Friday was the last time I talked to him.

Q: What was the nature of your final conversation?
A: We had some players in. you guys asked me about Trevor Pryce. That particular day we had some players in and we were making some decisions about what direction we wanted to go in. and me and him were dialouging back and forth as far as that was concerned and what we needed to do. And he was wishing me well, to take the team to Houston and get a win like he always does whenever we talk. That was the last time I had an opportunity to talk to him.

It’s been reported that he was actually braking down film on Friday. True?
“You’re absolutely right. I bet he was. There’s no question about that. Trust me when I tell you, if I know Coach, up until this last opportunity there was nothing more that he was doing than football and preparing for the Raiders to play Houston. I guarantee you that.”

Do you feel the Raider legacy under Al Davis is in safe hands? How do you view your responsibility for that going forward?
“Well, I mean, my responsibility is to coach this team and to have this team become all it can become this year. This is a one-year deal. This is our team, the 2011 team, and that’s what I’m going to do and whatever role I need to play, I’m well-prepared to play it within the structure of how we do things here within the organization. Obviously I know I’m the lead when it comes to football, and I gladly accept that, but nobody’s going to anything alone here. That’s not how we do business, even when he was here. He didn’t do it alone, either. He was the head of it all. He made all the decisions and the yeses and the nos. But boy, he took a lot of input, too. We’ll continue to operate that way. I think it’s a good opportunity for all of us to grow and get better.”

How do you feel about the idea of this team using Mr. Davis’ passing as a rallying cry for the rest of the season? How do you think he would feel about that?
“Me knowing coach, that’s now what he was about. Don’t use a rallying cry over him. Do your job. Do your job and perform because that’s what he pays you to do, to be the best you can be. It was never about one person. Just as if it was me, I would never want it to be about me. I want it to be about this organization and this football team being the best it can be because it should be great and expect to be great. We are committed to excellence, and that’s how we’re going to go about doing it.”

In the coming weeks or the end of this year, is there going to be a need to bring in someone to help you fill the void?
“If that’s what we decide to do, then that’s what we’ll do. I’m open and I think the organization’s open to doing whatever we need to do to have us be the best we can be. Whatever that is, I’m totally open to that, and I think if that’s what’s the best thing for us to do, that’s what we’ll do. If it’s not, then we won’t. And I think we’re in a great situation right now because we’ve laid such a good foundation, Coach had laid such a good foundation with the people that are here, that we’re kind of up and running and moving in that direction already. I think things are great, and I think they can even be better, and I think we’ll continue to do so.”

So there isn’t a need right now?
“I don’t think right this second. Obviously we’re in the flow of the season. We have a game this week against a very good Cleveland team that’s going to come to town. That’s the No. 1 concern that I think the whole organization has, one of making sure that we honor coach the right way, whenever that is going to take place. Obviously in respect to the family, they’ll make that decision. And then after that we have a big ballgame to play. We got another opportunity to go out and get another win under our belt here at home in front of our fans, and I think that’s what our players are looking forward to doing.”

Q: Are you the sole decision-maker in terms of personnel and such now or is there a plan for a general manager to come aboard?
A: “Right, and that could be true. That could be true. But if something needs to be done right now between Mark Davis and myself and the rest of the people in the organization, that’s who will make that decision. And if that’s the best way to go as we continue to move forward to the future, that’s what we’ll do. If we need to bring somebody in from the outside and have them fill that void, we’ll do that, too. That’s why I said, we’re in a really good place right now, that we have people who have been here, who know. I’ve sat at this man’s knee for two years and I’ve been involved in that draft. I’ve helped shape this team over the last couple of years as far as draft picks are concerned on this football team. So, I know what they look like, run like, act like, sound like, the whole nine yards. Now, it’s just a matter of making sure that all the t’s are crossed and the I’s are dotted as we move forward, if that’s the direction we want to go. And that’s what we’ll do.”

Q: Have you spoken with Mark Davis since Mr. Davis passed away? What did win mean to Mark Davis?
A: “Yes, I have. Oh, yeah. And I can’t speak for him. I really don’t want to because he would have to tell you what he felt. But I just know he was happy that we won the game because it was an opportunity for us to win. Was it fitting because it was after the passing of his dad? I think so. But from an emotional standpoint, what he was really feeling inside, you would have to ask him.”

Q: Is it business as usual for you today? Taking a break? Resting?
A: “Rest? Wow! You didn’t say that, did you? There is no rest in pro football. No, I haven’t rested. Not one bit. I’m tired. I’m not going to kid you about that because I have watched Cleveland, and they’re a good team. It’s another opportunity for our football team to get better and to play in front of our fans. I’m going to get a chance to rest when the season’s over, somewhere in late February. Hopefully, I can take a break then but there’s no rest right now. We got work to do. We played better on defense. I told you at some point in time we were going to slow the run down, and we did that on defense. I was very happy to see our guys respond and fight. And they did. We played against a tremendous runner yesterday. Obviously, we still got some things to clean up and get better at. But we were more relentless to the ball. On offense, I didn’t think I prepared those guys well enough. We didn’t play typical Oakland Raider offensive football, and I take responsibility for that because we got to play better. And we will. Their defense, they came to play, and we played against a pretty good defensive football team. Might be the best defensive football team we’ve played all year. But we got to get ourselves on offense back on schedule and play good. Our special teams was sensational. What can I say about SeaBass? The guy was phenomenal yesterday. And the fake punt, obviously I kept calling it, and they weren’t giving us the look. All of a sudden, Bones kept looking at me like, ‘Hey, Hue, when are you going to quit calling this thing?’ We called it again and we called it at the right time. And it was great. Like I told you, I’ll do anything I can to win a football game and that’s what we did. So, and on we go to Cleveland, and that’s all I can think about right now is, how do we put ourselves in position to become 4-2?”

Q: How do you stay focused. Can the Raiders win it all?
A: Why not us? I said that way back in training camp, and I’m not going to quit saying it. Why not? Why can’t we not win it all if we keep working and getting better. And please, nobody say that Hue Jackson said we’re going to win the Super Bowl. That’s not what I said. I said why not us. Just like every other team that’s sitting at 5-0, 4-1 or whatever that is. I’m sure their coaches are saying why not us neither. Who knows what’s going to happen over the next several weeks of the season. Why not the Raiders? Why can’t we not win it if we continue to grow and get better and keep working at this thing.

Q: Relationship with Mark Davis?
A: Very good relationship, very strong. He supports me wholeheartedly. He has. He’s been at training camp, we speak all the time whether it’s before the game or when I can see him. I think we have a great relationship. I’ve never known anything different than that.

Q: Is he an X’s and O’s guy?
A: He’s a fun guy. I really enjoy him. He’s a lot of fun. He loves football and he loves this Raiders organization and this football team. His vision is no different than his dad’s, his commitment to excellence, his pride and poise and let’s win. That’s the way he sees it.

Q: What did you have to do to earn Mr. Davis’ trust?
A: I think it evolved over time. Coach is very good ta telling you what it was he expected and what it was what he wanted done. For me it’s like any of us in here who works for an employer. They have an expectation of what it is they want you to do. I think when you go out and set forth to do it, it’s not whether you do it exactly like they say but as long as you’re putting forth that effort and you’re trying to get done what it is that people need to get done and they see that you’re working at it and working hard at it, I think you earn their respect and you earn their trust. I don’t think he just gave me his trust. I had to earn it. I think I earned it through hard work. I think I earned it through meeting his demands and exceeding his demands. It’s no different than with my staff. They have to earn my trust each and every day. I have to earn your guys’ trust each and every day. That’s why we build a relationship and then the communication piece was good. As I said before, we could go back and forth on a subject. I wasn’t always agreeable and he wasn’t always agreeable but we always agreed when it was all said and done. I think that’s the most important part. We don’t have to see things the same. Coach always came from a good place in my opinion. Even when he would say I don’t like this, it wasn’t the fact that he was trying to ‘You better do it this way.’ It was just, ‘Look this is how I see it.’ Anybody can respect that and I did. I’d say ‘OK coach what about this.’ Then he’d think through it and say ‘oh, you got a point.’ That’s how we communicated and I think it worked best for us both.

Q: What was it like coming to work this morning?
A: Probably getting in my car I really realized it was different. When I was driving in and it was raining again, l remember the rain in Houston, wow was it raining yesterday. Coming in I turned on the radio and normally after you win a game I don’t try to listen to that. I was trying to find, is it 106.1? 106.1 KMEL, right? I was trying to turn to that. I was turning to it and there was this blurb about coach and it hit me for a second again. I cannot pick up the phone and call him today. There will not be a phone call today from him today at about 4 o’clock or 5 o’clock saying, ‘Hey, Hue later on let’s get together and talk.’ Yeah it’s different, a lot different. I’ll miss it.

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  • Midwest Fan

    Just Win Baby

  • alex7

    midwest gets the prize!

  • JLofty

    RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!

  • priesttj

    Morrilla… man That dude played like a man possessed. .. he played with determination and heart…. if he played that way every week…. he would be the best receiver on the raiders.. hands down.. I ridiculed the Guy…. because he never showed hi emotion… well finally I’ve seen what I wanted. … even if he has a bad game…. from here on out… I know he can be great. .. if he plays like he did in Houston. ..please dhb. .keep it up.

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    Ghost, LOL you aint seen NOTHIN’ yet this kid still doesn’t know what he’s doing wait until he actually learns how to play.

  • alex7

    I text-searched for “obviously” in the above interview.

    Guesses to how many times he used it?

  • alex7

    priesttj, how long do you think that’ll take? By the end of this year? next year? He’s improved, and you see him improving more, so just curious about when you think he reaches his full potential.

  • Sullivan44

    Interesting. Hue doesn’t want a GM. Downplays the need for one. That’s certainly not a ringing endorsement for hiring one.

  • morilla

    Yeah ghost, I’ve been critical of him too. But I have always wanted him to succeed. Like you said, that man was possessed yesterday. It was great to watch and a fitting day for him to excel on.

    Priest, you are correct. The streak stuff takes time for some to get down and perfect. In time I think he will develop that skill set.

    It’s funny how everyone says the Raiders are one dimensional and if you stop Dmac you beat the Raiders. They have no idea what’s coming with that attitude. Go ahead guys, stack the box and see what happens. We have a arsenal full of weapons Hue would love to play with.

  • alex7

    sullivan, there was a feeling that Hue was a guy Al truly trusted, local guy who wanted to stick around long-term, and I felt Hue had a bigger say in our draft picks the last two years than most assistant coaches and head coaches ever had.

    Likely why we hit on so many offensive guys for the first time in a while. Hue earned it, seems smart, and whoever is brought it will likely be told that Hue has a large (final) say on draft picks and trades, while the GM handles contracts and the preliminary discussions on such matters.

  • JLofty

    Wow. That was an insightful piece. Wow…

  • JLofty

    I have a really hard time imagining that Al Davis didn’t have a detailed plan in place. The man was a lot of things but careless and inattentive were not among them…

  • Sullivan44

    Oh, Alex, I’m totally cool with Hue being GM/HC. I said interesting meaning it’s revealing. We’re getting more info on the inner workings of the Raiders than I expected at this point.

  • priesttj

    Hue didn’t have much say in the draft these past two years he learned though watching the process. The draft was all Mr D and the scouts Hue may have made a wish list in terms of positions he desired but Mr D is NOT going to let someone new to the process hav emuch say at all until HE KNOWS that they KNOW.

    Stop tryin’ to shift credit elsewhere there has laywas been one man responsible and he’s gone now so we’ll see how HUe does from here. This team was biult from ground up by Mr D………….period

  • GForce21

    morilla Says:
    October 10th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Yeah ghost, I’ve been critical of him too. But I have always wanted him to succeed. Like you said, that man was possessed yesterday. It was great to watch and a fitting day for him to excel on.

    Priest, you are correct. The streak stuff takes time for some to get down and perfect. In time I think he will develop that skill set.

    It’s funny how everyone says the Raiders are one dimensional and if you stop Dmac you beat the Raiders. They have no idea what’s coming with that attitude. Go ahead guys, stack the box and see what happens. We have a arsenal full of weapons Hue would love to play with.
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    Would really be dangerous if JC could keep the deep throws in bounds.

    Its starting to become a major concern.

  • Sullivan44

    priest, which is it? Did Hue have some say in the draft, or no say? You say both in that comment.

  • Seymour Bush

    ‘Hey, Hue later on let’s get together and talk.’ Yeah it’s different, a lot different. I’ll miss it.
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    We’re all going to miss that guy.

  • alex7

    priest, Al let Gruden draft Tuiasosopo early. Al let Shell draft Huff in the 1st, against Davis wanting Leinart. Al would NOT have picked a slow LB 8th overall. I think he gave a bit of room to coaches after the 1st round, and I think it was more than most to Hue.

    Probably a reason we drafted so many trench guys early on the last 2 years compared to years prior.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    WHY NOT US?

  • EMRaiders

    Ok guys picture this. All you talking about DHB developing into an elite WR. Let’s just say he has started the process already in this last two games. And after the bye he will be a true threat for the offense. Then imagine Pryor becoming a very good QB. Not this year, maybe next.

    So by then DHB should continue to get better, along with Moore and Ford. Not to mention McFadden and the rest of the O.

    So if all these pieces come together and reach their potential, I can’t even think of the type of offense we will have. There will be 4.3s all over the field. It would be almost impossible to defend! I’m salivating at the possibilities….

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Phenomenal! Thanks a zillion for the article Steve. Just Win Baby! We are the Raider Nation!

  • alex7

    DHB had one major issue – his hands. I can at least ponder the idea that he’s fixing it and will become consistent going forward.

    Pryor though, that one’s tough for me.

    Kid is inaccurate, which usually doesn’t fix itself in the NFL. He also struggled with reads vs good D’s in college, another thing that usually doesn’t fix itself at the higher level.

    He has a lot more to overcome than DHB.

  • alex7

    that is probably the most “wow, legit insight!” article I’ve ever read here.

  • Seymour Bush

    BTW, if you guys want to know how a LB is supposed to play, just watch the tape of Cushing in the lst half yesterday.

  • morilla

    GForce21 Says:
    October 10th, 2011 at 7:25 pm
    morilla Says:
    October 10th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Would really be dangerous if JC could keep the deep throws in bounds.

    Its starting to become a major concern.
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    Damn straight. That bugs me to no end. I dont think he has completed one in the past five games. If you have burners that’s the money route and you would think he would be working on this in practice constantly. A little has to do with the guys running to close to the line ( I’m loosely using this as an excuse because I’ve seen plenty of guys tight rope their routes and catch it). But 95% is on JC, always wide right or wide left.

  • priesttj

    I said one thing, everyone especially the head coach would always ask for certain positions to be filled as far as specific players it’s hard to say unless he at first convinced Mr D of the kids talent. You first have to convince him that the kid fits our style then they asssess where he’s rated on THEIR OWN board and go from there. saying I want this specific player before the draft starts is veery sketchy because you don’t know how it will play out. They have several players slotted in every round if player A is gone then they look for player B and so forth. Trying to say we’ll get this palyer in this rnd is damn near impossible unless you MOVE UP. That then changes your entire draft. ONLY a inexperience GM will say what player he wants in every rnd because what if a better player drops to you? The best GM’s are the ones who know what his coaches like what fits his team and then grades players accordingly. Every team in the NFL grades players differently.

    They already have a preliminary college board set up and it’ll change a hundred times before the day of. As well as a pro board of possible FA’s. Contengency plans are always changing the draft is the most fluid situation you can ever be a part of.

  • Sullivan44

    Priest, you went on to say that Hue had no say in the last 2 drafts, and that it was all Al.

  • Sullivan44

    Ha ha! Hue was looking for KMEL on the dial because he didn’t want to listen to football news. Wonder if he was looking for regular KMEL, or the HD2 station that plays classic hip hop.

  • morilla

    I could see Hue rocking some Grandmaster Flash on the way into work.

  • ArmChair GM

    # Seymour Bush Says:
    October 10th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    BTW, if you guys want to know how a LB is supposed to play, just watch the tape of Cushing in the lst half yesterday.
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    Amen!

  • R8RNAZ

    Hue = Gruden. The greatness of the Raiders is in its future.

  • Sullivan44

    KMEL, more like he was rocking some Beeda Weeda. Picturing Hue bumping Rakim “I Aint No Joke” rolling into the coliseum parking lot is a nice vision, though.

  • priesttj

    Alex7 you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about, Art may have really liked Huff yeah but if Mr D doesn’t wnat the guy he aint gonna play here………….period

    I know Mr D liked Huff and Leinert and he really like Vince Young. He’ll have 5-6 players he likes and maybe the HC have enfluenced it one way or the other but ART didn’t chose Huff he did. Same with Tui they all loved Tui Gruden probably signed off on it as well. But one scout I know LOVED Tui. Most of them did…

    JaMarcus Russell was an organizational pick everyone loved Russell they celebrated over him. Same with DMC and they had a couple of teams call for that pick as well as Gallery. His scouts were very enfluential expecially Kingdon and McCloughan. Art Shell wanted to move up to Lincoln Kennedy and that kid from Sac St. who played for Dallas. I remember Art and an ex-MLB (forget his name) doing cartwheels damn near after we watched him practice.

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  • Kirk

    Pryor is “inaccurate?”

    Bulls…

    Pryor completed 65% of his passes his last season in college.

    Pryor and Hue Jackson are the future of the Raiders.

  • Raider guy

    I really am going to miss coach Davis. I mean I am really going to miss that dude. When things went wrong, justified or not, I always thought al would handle it. Do we keep our rad players and go get big free agents and make awesome trades now? Even when we struggled, we were trying HARD. is that thee same now?

  • Seymour Bush

    DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    October 10th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    WHY NOT US?
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    That win was pretty impressive yesterday. The Texans came out fired up, the crowd was really fired up, Texans were flying all over the place, the Raiders actually came out flat. And still won. Why not us?

  • BadMoodGuy

    If you don’t think Al Davis picked Huff, listen to what Huff says about his first meeting with Davis.

    http://www.raiders.com/media-vault/videos/Huff-Everybody-has-bought-in-to-playing-like-Raiders/f36a89c6-f965-4736-b7aa-915215ee3fd0

  • priesttj

    Larry Allen that’s him Art loved that guy they went crazy over him but couldn’t get him.

  • MakeItRain

    Listening to Hue talk it makes me happy that we got rid of that wife beating fatso. I feel much better with hue in control and out in the press than I would with Cable.

  • Seymour Bush

    BadMoodGuy Says:
    October 10th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    If you don’t think Al Davis picked Huff, listen to what Huff says about his first meeting with Davis.
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    Mike had an excellent game yesterday. Mike has very quietly emerged as a playa!

  • ArmChair GM

    Some of you guys are so disingenuous it’s sickening.

    All day long you preach that Davis is a dictator. Davis makes ALL the personnel decisions. Davis runs the draft.

    But somehow, someway, the players that end up being stars or very good players, miraculously, mysteriously were picked by someone OTHER THAN Al Davis.

    Some of you guys are just disgusting. The manure is coming out your nostrils, you’re so full of it.

  • JB

    RaiderLen Says:
    October 10th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    TerrapinRaider Says:
    October 10th, 2011 at 5:17 pm
    On to Wiz. I know EVERYONE noticed Wiz opening up those holes at Center. That was the 1 drive where we were having consistent success running the ball. Satele is doing a good job this season but boy Wiz is something to watch out for. That kid is a baller.
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    That will show up on film. :)

    Eventually we’ll see Wiz at C, Campbell at RG and Barksdale at either LG or RT.

    That will be fun.
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    I like your idea. Wiz belongs at center and Barksdale at LG would make for a BIG left side of the line. I’ve been hoping BCampell could progress quicker to get him at RG. If not then Barksdale at RG and Heyer at LG with Wiz 2.0 at center. Barnes has seemed to settle down at RT and seems to be OK there for now. The main thing is to shore up the middle of the line and that begins with replacing Satele & Carlisle.

  • Seymour Bush

    Barksdale is more suited inside than outside in the pros. I think they want him to be a RT, but his pass protection has not been the best, especially on the edge. His run blocking has been devastating tho.

  • Northern AZ Raider Fan

    Hue said “I’ll get a chance to rest in late February” I hope he is right

  • ottocrat

    Did Gruden say anything about Al on MNF? I wasn’t able to start watching until the 2nd half.

  • Thec07

    Why not us

  • Seymour Bush

    The main thing is to shore up the middle of the line and that begins with replacing Satele & Carlisle.
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    Satele and Carlisle have not played badly. In fact they’ve played pretty dang well.

  • Thec07

    Coach Davis left his NATION in good hands. He knew…..

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Seymour Bush Says:
    October 10th, 2011 at 8:27 pm
    Barksdale is more suited inside than outside in the pros. I think they want him to be a RT, but his pass protection has not been the best, especially on the edge. His run blocking has been devastating tho.

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    Give Barksdale a year. His OL coaching at LSU sucked, and then he had that short training camp. He could still very well be a good NFL OT.

  • Thec07

    Coach still had it to the end…
    Aso, gallery, nmiller….whole world thought it was crazy the three stooges walked…
    Coach Davis knew…